Date: 11th March 2020
At the start of the month, the Scotland Women’s senior team headed over to San Pedro Del Pinatar in Spain to compete in the inaugural edition of the Pinatar Cup.
The round robin tournament consisted of 4 teams: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Iceland and Ukraine, with the matches being played between the 4th and 10th of March.
Scotland got off to the best possible start when they comfortably saw off a Ukraine side only 5 places below them in the world rankings. The match finished 3-0 courtesy of a Martha Thomas brace and a Claire Emslie goal, establishing the side’s intentions to win the tournament from offset.
Next up was a strong Iceland team ranked 18th in the world, 4 places above the Scots. After a tight match, it was Abbi Grant’s 55th minute goal that proved decisive, all but securing the cup for Scotland.
Last up was a showdown with a home nations showdown against Northern Ireland. Despite going behind in the 5th minute, the Scots were quick to respond with goals from Grant and Cuthbert putting them 2-1 up at the break. A goalless second half followed, securing Scotland’s 100% record before the team got their hands on the silverware.
This success builds on the side’s good form since the World Cup last summer as they look forward to the rest of their qualifiers for the European Championships.
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